Shooter in Custody After Wounding at Least 6 Philadelphia Police

By The Associated Press |


Police urge people to leave the area as they investigate an active shooting situation on Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Police urge people to leave the area as they investigate an active shooting situation on Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

A gunman who opened fire on police on Aug. 14 as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, is in police custody, authorities said.

Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said early Thursday morning that the man was taken into custody after an hourslong standoff with police.

The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. as officers went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation “that went awry almost immediately,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Many officers “had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets,” Ross said.

The six officers who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said.

Two other officers were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out but were freed by a SWAT team well after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood. Three people that officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated.

Read more of this story

(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)

Comments

comments

About Cholo Brooks 10072 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.